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"...he took his hands off the controls in a paroxysm of joy and shouted, 'Strap on your safety belt, Mrs. Gadshill! We're going to make a loop-the-loop!'"
—From Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor by John Cheever
A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.
"He took everything so calmly; did he imagine that she always kissed the man sitting next to her on the night plane from Miami?"
-From Miami-New York by Martha Gellhorn
Actors read fabulous stories that take place in transit, about adventures that would not have been possible without modern transportation. This compilation proves that a lot can happen neither here nor there, but on the way from one place to another.
Stuart Dybek's Pet Milk
The perfect gift for baseball fans! Featuring rare reading and commentary by Roger Angell and the late great commissioner of baseball A. Bartlett Giamatti
Roger Angell and A. Bartlett Giamatti's Play By Play
John Updike's Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu
read by Jack Davidson
Ted Williams' miraculous Fenway farewell.
Rolfe Humphries' Polo Grounds
read by Fritz Weaver
Robert Francis' Pitcher and Base Stealer
read by Arthur French
"Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet alone..." - From Xingu by Edith Wharton
Selected Shorts has toured to The Mount, the stately and elegant home of the great American writer Edith Wharton, for the last several summers, presenting Broadway and Hollywood actors reading stories by Wharton and other writers. Selected Shorts now presents a collection of four of Edith Wharton's short...
"At the door is an old lover, someone who broke your heart, who is in England on business and has tracked you down..." - From The Lone Pilgrim by Laurie Colwin
Romance is in the air, tempting the imagination. Stirring tales of love, longing and desire. A great gift for your loved ones!
Rick Bass's Fires
read by Ted Marcoux
In the Rockies a woman sets fire to a parched field to take the plunge into the pool of...
"There is a certain place where dumbwaiters boom, doors slam, dishes crash; every window is a mother's mouth bidding the street shut up, go skate somewhere else, come home." - From The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley
Hilarious and colorful episodes in the lives of families - many depicted from a kid's-eye-view - are the theme for this compilation. Being part of a family is often trying, and stranger than any fiction, but never dull and always worth...
2009 Audies® Finalist for Best Audiobook Adaptation Category
"How could I look at my wife, the mother of my children, and feel only the need for revenge?" From Do You Know Where I Am? by Sherman Alexie
Moving stories about married couples' powerful and complicated loves
Sherman Alexie's Do You Know Where I Am?
read by Keir Dullea
A native couple's rocky college love affair lasts a lifetime
Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wife's Story
Our most popular volume! Over three hours of stories to tickle your funny bone.
Nicholson Baker's Subsoil
read by Thomas Gibson
A darkly comic thriller about a tractor historian besieged by man-eating potatoes.
John Updike's Farrell's Caddie
read by Charles Keating
An American golfer gets more than golfing tips from his Scottish caddie.
David Schickler's Jamaica
read by Isaiah Sheffer
"...and then we see it - way out there at the far corner of the field - the ripple, the dashing furrow, the blur of the streaking dog, white chest, flashing feet." - From Heart of a Champion by T.C. Boyle
The cast of characters in this compilation is a menagerie of animals-cats, dogs, birds, even a dragon-and their owners. These stories look at the myriad of experiences, and adventures, that pet ownership can bring. Join a medieval scholar...
"Mr. Pope had rigged up a reading light . . . and the horse read far into the night."
- From Ed Has His Mind Improved by Walter R. Brooks
A boon for booklovers, this set features funny, fantastical and poignant stories about people with unique and passionate connections to the written word.
Walter R. Brooks' Ed Has His Mind Improved
read by Tony Roberts
How Ed-a talking horse-became a voracious reader of adventure tales and hardboiled...
"He had ruined her life... For years, he'd allowed himself to imagine she had forgotten Ben, or at least stopped remembering... What consolation could he give her now?" - From Devotion by Adam Haslett
In this compilation characters make choices that define their lives and suffer consequences often dire or disquieting. Abraham prepares to slay Isaac; siblings fall in love with the same man; a Thai man hides his secret guilt from his best...
This 2007 Audie Award finalist features more than three hours of some of the greatest shorts stories of all time.
James Thurber's The Night the Ghost Got In
read by Isaiah Sheffer
Comic Mayhem is unleashed when a family hears a ghost in the night - and calls in the police.
Edith Wharton's Roman Fever
read by Maria Tucci
Two women reflect on romance and intrigue, long ago in Rome.
13) A Touch of Magic
"Remarkable how the nursery caught the telepathic emanations of the
children's minds...The children thought lions, and there were lions..."
-From The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
By turns funny, moving, romantic and surreal, and filled with unexpected twists and turns, each of the tales on this lineup has a magical element.
performed by James Naughton
A chance encounter on a bus between a fortune-teller...
14) Travel Tales
"When I first saw New York I was twenty, and it was summertime and I got off a DC-7 at the old Idlewild temporary terminal in a new dress..." - From Goodbye to All That by Joan Didion
Hilarity, suspense and high drama are offered up in this new mix of tales of travel to locales familiar and exotic. Take a trip in a time machine with Madame Bovary, join a father and son on a sailing voyage that goes dangerously awry, retreat to a country...
15) Wartime Lives
"With a world full of foolishly dangerous men, what's a mother to do?... Edward was my only living child, Private Edward Marcus Gaines of the 108th Infantry, 27th Division, Company such-and-such. I had it written down in his letter. In a trench in a place in France..." - From Mother in the Trenches by Robert Olen Butler
What happens to people's lives during times of battle and strife? From the American Revolution to the ongoing...
"As a boy, he himself had wanted nothing more than the chance to dream...Why should he begrudge his son what he had most desired?"
-From Nightingale by Tobias Wolff
A collection of poignant, romantic and funny tales performed by Academy Award -winning actor William Hurt. This collection includes a bonus track of an exclusive interview with William Hurt. Hurt's readings are thoughtful, tender, romantic, and resonant. A treasure.
17) Wondrous Women
"Anyone she touched at the party that night would remain eternally in her power, she thought, smiling at herself in the mirror..."
-From The Red Fox Fur Coat by Teolinda Gersão
Strong female protagonists grace this collection celebrating women in all their incarnations young and old: mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, lovers, widows ... and a 70-year-old nun.
Teolinda Gersão's The Red Fox Fur Coat
translated by Margaret...
19) Even More Laughs
From silly chuckles to rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series Selected Shorts.
T. Coraghessan Boyle's's
performed by Stephen Colbert
performed by Robert Sean Leonard
The Swim Team
performed by Parker Posey
Poe! is a deliciously gripping sampling of the mad imagination of 19th century gothic master of horror and suspense, murder and mayhem, Edgar Allan Poe. The creepy, breathtaking, and soulful classic tales include: "The Masque of the Red Death," the terrifying and ironic story of a nobleman who attempts to seal himself and his friends away from a terrible plague raging outside, performed by Fionnula Flanagan (Transamerica); "The Pit...
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